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Honor a fallen soldier from Metter today
Sgt. E-5 Darren Patrick Hubbell - photo by SPECIAL PHOTO
    Residents are invited to show respect for a Metter man killed June 20 in Iraq by forming a line along Broad Street this afternoon, when the body of Sgt. E-5 Darren Patrick Hubbell will arrive in Metter.
    Sonny Morgan, whose funeral home is handling Hubbell's funeral Saturday, said citizens are invited to gather along the way as Hubbell's body is transported from Savannah to  Morgan Family Funeral Home. The procession will take place around 2 p.m., he said.
    Hubbell, 38,  was killed in Baghdad along with three other soldiers when their vehicle struck an explosive, according to military reports. He was stationed out of Fort Stewart in Hinesville.
       Information provided by Morgan stated the Jacksonville, FL.  native was a member of Christian Life Fellowship Church in Cobbtown where he played the bass and also preformed with the church praise team.
    Hubbell's funeral will be Saturday, with full military honors, at 4 p.m. at the church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the church, he said.
    Hubbell's wife Dana Hubbell and son, Darren P. Hubbell of Sumner, were not immediately available for comment Wednesday.   Hubbell's son is also serving in Iraq and is home for his father's funeral, Morgan said.
    Hubbell was a health care specialist, or combat medic. He joined the U.S. Army in 1995 and went to Fort Stewart in May 2001, said Kevin Larson, Fort Stewart’s chief of public communications.
    He served in the United States Army for 14 years, serving as a Senior Line Medic  for the last seven years. He served a tour in Panama Canal, a tour in Afghanistan and four tours in Iraq.
    Hubbell's surviving family includes his wife and son as well as his daughter Marina Hubbell of Sumner; step sons Franklin and Nash Rigdon, both of Metter;  mother and step father Darlene and Kim Larsen; father Gary Hubbell of Jacksonville; brothers Jared and Chad Larsen, both of Virginia, and  in-laws Rev. Murl and Ruth Gwynn of Collins.
    Several people have logged on to Internet web site  to pay respects for Hubbell.
    Kate Nelson of San Antonio, TX, whose husband served with Hubbell, wrote: "Christian and I extend our deepest sympathies to you. Christian served as Darren's platoon leader (in the past)  ....  and upon hearing of his passing, said to me, 'Sgt. Hubbell was one of the finest NCO's I have ever served with. I am proud to have known him.'  You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless Sgt. Darren Hubbell..."
    Sgt. Frank Ugolini, stationed in Ft. Campbell, KY, wrote:  "Brother, you will be missed by more than just me. I was honored to serve with you for six years and two deployments to Iraq with 1-64AR at Ft. Stewart. I remember when I met you for the first time through the last time I saw you before I left for a new duty station. I wish I could hug you just one more time! God speed brother!"
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